Dog Days return: Homewood hosts annual community block party and pooch parade

Dog Days gives local pooches a chance to show their 
stuff, do a few tricks and maybe even win a prize.

(HF Chronicle file photo)

The village of Homewood is throwing a Block Party from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, according to a news release from the village.

Like a neighborhood block party, fest goers will enjoy a chance to socialize and participate in fun activities, including face painting, a full line-up of live music for all ages, a bean bag tournament, summer fare from Homewood restaurants and the annual Pooch Parade.  

And sometimes the best 
trick is just to be very, very 
cute.
(HF Chronicle file photo)

The village's summer festival will be located on Hickory Road between Dixie Highway and Martin Avenue. 

"It may be the 'Dog Days', but Homewood knows how to celebrate both summer and fun," said Mayor Rich Hofeld. "Summer is the perfect season to connect with your community at the peak of beauty in Homewood. And who doesn't like a good dog parade! I'm hoping my pup Annie wins 'Best Trick' for hijacking the Homewood twitter account as an April Fool's joke."

Super Stolie will be back
this year to provide musical 
entertainment for kids. 

(HF Chronicle file photo)

Homewood's Block Party starts off on the right paw with the dog contest and parade; check in is at 10 a.m. A panel of judges from the community will oversee the dog contest and award the three prizes: Best Trick, Most Humorous Costume and Best in Parade. 

The Pooch Parade steps off at 11 a.m. when spectators can view the whole barkin' thing. 

In addition, the South Suburban Humane Society is sponsoring the third annual Pup Crawl. Interested humans and their canine friends will make the rounds at the local watering holes for drinks, trivia and raffles. More information and to register for the Pup Crawl visit www.SouthSuburbanHumaneSociety.org.

Music begins at noon with the kiddie-rock superstar Super Stolie making her second appearance at the Block Party. Strung Out takes the stage at 2 p.m. for classic rock favorites from the 70s to today. The closer from 5 to 8 p.m.  is Final Say, created by the ever-popular Maggie Speaks, performing an extensive repertoire of songs that range from the latest Top 40 hits to the classics.

Additional kid activities include face painting, Ben's Bubble Show, a caricature artist, kids crafts,  inflatable bounce house and obstacle course.
Homewood Dog Days Schedule of Events

  • 10 a.m. — Check in for Pooch Parade
  • 11 a.m. — Pooch Parade steps off
  • Noon — Super Stolie (music)
  • 1 p.m. — Ben's Bubble Show
  • 2 p.m. — Strung Out (music)
  • 4 p.m. — Bean Bag Tourney
  • 5 p.m. — Final Say (music)
  • 8 p.m. — Festival closes

Homewood's Giant Block Party is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee and  Chevrolet of Homewood. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.HomeSweetHomewood.com or call 708-798-3000.

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